Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Great Exception

Originally posted on teaching personally:
I’m pleased to announce that my book will be published on 19th February. Pre-ordering is now available at  Amazon preorders   or it will be available from selected bookshops or direct from John Catt publishers in…

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Combining GCSE Preparation with Real Education

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) GCSEs are fiddly. There’s no way around it. They contain multiple question types which demand slightly different things of pupils, and they are marked according to rigid criteria, often by…

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Retrieval and encoding: getting off to a good start

Since developing my understanding of formative assessment and retrieval practice, I have always attempted to ensure that my lessons begin with a clear recap of prior learning (retrieval), coupled with questions about forthcoming learning which allow me to identify gaps…

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How I wish I’d taught maths

The following is an excerpt from the Introduction to my book “How I wish I’d taught maths: lessons learned from research, conversations with experts, and 12 years of mistakes”. The book is available from Amazon, and all good (and evil) book … Continue reading

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The Innocent Child?

Originally posted on John Kenny Blog:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an 18th-century philosopher who wrote the very influential work on education titled Emile, or On Education. The book poses that a person is born into innate human goodness and is then corrupted by…

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We can do better than Reading Recovery

Originally posted on John Kenny Blog:
Reading Recovery (RR) is a short-term tutoring intervention that provides one-on-one tutoring to first-grade students who are struggling in reading and writing. It has been a popular program, but it is now on the way…

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Finnstralia

Originally posted on John Kenny Blog:
In the year 2001, Finland was recognised for educational excellence, doing very well in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA measures student performance in Reading, Mathematics and Science and Finland placed 1st,…

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